What is Guru Purnima?
Guru Purnima is a festival that is dedicated to Sage Veda Vyasa. It is believed that he was born on this day and it is also called Vyasa Purnima. Veda Vyasa is regarded as a great guru and supposedly, he classified the Vedas into four categories- Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. He was the author of the longest epic in the world, the Mahabharata.
Guru Purnima is a day to honor teachers and spiritual leaders. The Sanskrit word, ‘Guru’ has two roots - ‘Gu’ which means ‘darkness’ and ‘Ru’ meaning ‘removal of darkness or ignorance.’ The Guru rids us of our ignorance and shows us the path of salvation. Guru Purnima is important for Buddhists too. On this day, Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath. The day is significant for Jains as well.